Retail Inflation For Farm, Rural Workers Up In February
A farmer threshes wheat by hand on the terrace of his home at a village in Gaya district, Bihar. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Retail Inflation For Farm, Rural Workers Up In February

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Retail inflation for farm workers and rural labourers rose to 2.67% and 2.76% in February against 2.17% and 2.35% respectively in January, 2021.

Inflation based on food index of CPI-AL and CPI-RL is at 1.55% and 1.85% respectively in February 2021, a labour ministry statement said.

The All-India Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers for the month of February 2021 decreased by 1 point each to stand at 1,037 and 1,044 points respectively, compared to January.

The CPI-AL was at 1,010 and CPI-RL at 1,016 in February 2020.

The major contribution towards the fall in general index of Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers came from food with (-) 2.94 points and (-) 2.54 points respectively mainly due to fall in prices of wheat flour, jaggery, potato, cauliflower etc, the statement said.

The fall/rise in index varied from state to state. In case of Agricultural Labourers, it recorded a decrease of 1 to 20 points in 10 states and an increase of 1 to 11 points in 8 states whereas index of 2 states remained stationary.

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Tamil Nadu with 1,252 points topped the index table whereas Himachal Pradesh with 818 points stood at the bottom.

In case of Rural Labourers, it recorded a decrease of 1 to 19 points in 10 states and an increase of 1 to 11 points in 9 states whereas index of Odisha remained stationary.

Tamil Nadu with 1,237 points topped the index table whereas Bihar with 842 points stood at the bottom.

Amongst states, the maximum decrease in the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers was experienced by West Bengal (-20 points and - 19 points respectively) mainly due to fall in the prices of wheat flour, green chillies, vegetables and fruits and firewood etc.

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On the contrary, the maximum increase in the Consumer Price Index Numbers for Agricultural Labourers and Rural Labourers was experienced by Kerala (+11 points each) mainly due to rise in the prices of rice, fish, onion and vegetables and fruits etc.

"The decrease in index is mainly on account of decline in the prices of wheat flour & vegetables which will bring cheers to the millions of labourers working in rural areas by putting lesser burden on their pockets," Labour Minister Santosh Gangwar said.

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